When the original All In The Family / The Jeffersons creator Norman Lear was told that his classic TV series "Would not Work Today". That was the motivation he should prove to the audience. According to the deadline, an Oscar-winning star star should illuminate the prime time for a one-night live TV special that revives the classics of the 1970s.
All in the Family was a political and social beacon for nearly a decade of conversations in American households during a crucial time for racial relations. From 1971 to 1979, the series followed Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O & # 39; Connor), an affable but bold, bigoted, conservative working-class husband. He is a veteran of World War II and a no-nonsense, a venomous man, a homophobic, carnivorous man watching sports. There are no safe rooms, no animals for emotional support, political correctness and no (willing) apologies given in the bunker household. It is followed by antiques, while Archie frequently clashes with his superlative son-in-law and daughter, while his wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) seeks to preserve peace by tempering her husband's heart and promoting trendy themes such as women's rights and racism.
The success of All in the Family led to a spin-off sitcom The Jeffersons which ran from 1975 to 1985. The Jeffersons were followed by George and Louise Jefferson, a married black couple who lived next to the bunkers. As George and Weezie progressed on the eastern side of wealth and success, the show began a new conversation of black American upward mobility, which was later to be deepened with family sitcoms such as The Cosby Show . , With George Jefferson's vicious and brutal truths, it became clear what it really was like to be a black man in the working world of a white man. The Jeffersons was the first television series with an interracial couple (played by Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover) and became one of the longest running African American shows on television.
According to Deadline:
Woody Harrelson will play Archie Bunker, starring Marisa Tomei as wife Edith in the replica of All In The Family. Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes take on the roles of George and Louise Jefferson in the all-in-the-family spinoff The Jeffersons.
Ellie Kemper will play Gloria Stivic, Will Ferrell will appear as Tom Willis and Justina Machado will play Florence Johnston More casting announcements will follow.
An original episode from each original series is rebuilt, with James Burrows acting as director for both episodes. Lear and Jimmy Kimmel will host the live event, with Brent Miler, Adam McKay, Justin Theroux and Will Ferrell as executive producers.
"The fact that a group of Oscar winners were willing to play these legendary characters is a testament to the size of these shows and their creator Norman Lear," said Jimmy Kimmel, calling the project "a dream ". 19659006] Live in front of a studio audience: Norman Lear's "All In The Family" and "The Jeffersons" will air on Wednesday, May 22, 8am – 9:30pm ET.